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Draw Faces in 15 Minutes: Amaze your Friends with your Portrait Skills (Draw in 15 Minutes)
 
 

Draw Faces in 15 Minutes: Amaze your Friends with your Portrait Skills (Draw in 15 Minutes) [Kindle Edition]

Jake Spicer
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Yes, you can draw! And Draw Faces in 15 Minutes will show you how. By the time you finish this book, you’ll have all the skills you need to achieve a striking likeness in a drawn portrait.


Artist and life drawing expert Jake Spicer takes you through a series of carefully crafted tutorials, from how to put together a basic portrait sketch to developing your portraits and then taking your drawings further. From understanding and constructing the head and shaping the hair, to checking the relationships of the features and achieving a lifelike expression, every aspect of the portrait process is examined, along with advice on which materials to use and how to find a model.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Draw Faces in 15 minutes 20 Aug 2013
By Duncan
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If, like me, you think that art is most magical when capturing a person's likeness, then this book is likely to be an inspiration. The book covers some very useful introductory material, such as the attitude of really looking at what you are wanting to draw. Also, some really useful help for thinking about the different kinds of marks that materials can make (I had never really thought about different pencils making different shades of grey, so a 4H can never make marks as dark as a 4B - that point alone has changed my approach to selecting pencils, and introduced much better tone into my drawings!)

And what makes this book really stand out from the crowd is that it breaks the magic of drawing faces into comprehensible stages, with a 'basic portrait sketch' leading to a 'develped portrait sketch'. This is a really useful approach - and the book explains carefully how to establish the right underlying construction of the head, and the relationship of the features, paying attention to what lies beneath the skin - before moving on to the details.

So, the the sketch can be 'developed' from a firm foundation - and the book goes on to explain how different features, eyes, notes, the chin, the neck, present their own challenges and opportunities. The book is full of drawings which really show what is being explained - and how sometimes just a few marks can capture a feature ... just the sort of thing I had always thought of as being unatainable magic - quite an inspiration!

Another really good feature of the book is that it positively encourages you to use the eraser as a drawing tool, to rub back constructions and then build up details... again, seeing this illustrated in the book is an enormous help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 26 Aug 2013
By n miles
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Great book for the beginner or more experienced. Full of lots of helpful tips, having used a lot of drawing books in the past I have found this one the best. A useful manual to return to and to dip into.
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This arrived in time and was a present for friend's birthday so cant comment on whether it is useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 2 Oct 2013
By HS
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Very neat concise book, beautifully written, a brilliant gift for my niece, she will love it, especially as its written by her cousin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Draw Faces 27 Sep 2013
By henbran
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I had seen the book in Copenhagen where it was very expensive. Back in England I found that it was available via amazon reasonably priced. Delivery was swift and no problems with supplier so exercise was very satisfactory.
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